Get the emotional support you need
Caregiver Support Groups listed by county
You’re invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease firsthand. All groups offer support, education, problem solving and guest speakers. Specialized groups have a descriptive title. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Please call the chapter office nearest you at 800.272.3900 to confirm meeting date and location. If you need assistance finding someone to stay with your relative while you attend a support group meeting, call 800.272.3900 for a directory of Respite and Home Care providers in your area. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have been canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be canceled.
Capital Area | Lansing Office
(Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson Counties)
South Central | Chelsea Office
(Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Washtenaw Counties)
South West | Kalamazoo Office
(Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, Saint Joseph, Van Buren Counties)West Shore | Muskegon Office
(Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana Counties)
If you have Early Stage Alzheimer's
Early Stage Alzheimer's Discussion Groups
Information and support for families learning about early stage Alzheimer's
A discussion group for people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners. The program will provide an opportunity for socialization, education and support. Each week, a different topic will be featured and participants will organize into two discussion groups – a group for care partners and a group for persons with early-stage memory loss - for mutual support and sharing. The program lasts a total of eight weeks and covers a variety of topics.
Week 1: Introduction and facts about memory loss
Week 2: Communication and behaviors
Week 3: Feelings
Week 4: Focus on families: effective ways of coping
Week 5: Alzheimer's Disease research
Week 6: Legal and financial issues
Week 7: Resources for the future
Week 8: Celebration and wrap-up
This program is free. A telephone and in-person interview/assessment is required before participation. Please call 800.272.3900 to find out when a new group will be forming in your area and to register for the interviews.
Recognizing that some caregivers find it challenging to access traditional support groups, the Alzheimer’s Association has launched Caregiver Link, a telephone support group that offers the benefits of a traditional face-to-face support group without the need to leave home. aregiver Link allows you to:
- Share experiences
- Provide and receive support
- Obtain advice and recommendations
- Learn about the disease, caregiver issues, and coping strategies
- Make new friends
If you are interested in participating, please call 800.272.3900 for information on groups that may be forming in your area.
This program is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, The Anna Botsford Bach Fund for Seniors.
The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide a virtual online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from around the United States and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.
If area adult education classes have been canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be canceled.
If you need assistance finding someone to stay with your relative while you attend a support group meeting, please call the chapter office nearest you at 1.800.272.3900 for a directory of Respite and Home Care providers in your area.
If you are interested in attending a group to fulfill a class requirement or report for professional purposes, please contact your local office prior to attending for authorization.